Category: Psychology & Self-Improvement

Podcast: Procrastination or Mental Health Issues?

Since time was invented, people have fallen into three main categories: Chronically early, on-time, or late. You don’t need mental illness to put things off until the last minute and it doesn’t take anxiety to get things done well ahead of schedule. “The world isn’t gonna wait for us just because we have mental health […]

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How My Weight Gain Contributed to My Son’s Disordered Eating

He begged me to lose weight. Of course, it was difficult to do so, instead of me dropping pounds, he began to limit his food intake until he had lost weight. He went from 115 to 107. This doesn’t sound like much but on his 5’2″ frame, it seemed like a huge amount. I could […]

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Psychology Around the Net: July 20, 2019

People With Mental Health Disorders Amend the Descriptions: What would happen if input from people who actually deal with mental health disorders on a daily basis was taken into consideration when it comes to the diagnostic guidelines describing said disorders? A new study set out to explore just that. Researchers from the United States and […]

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Do You Have the Curiosity & Courage to Increase Your Empathy?

We need never agree with those who differ from us. We need never hug or love them. But gaining even the tiniest spark of insight into how they think and feel, into what might have led them here and why, can help us see each other not as cutout-paper saints and monsters or spare parts […]

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Creating Boundaries Without Being Bound by Them

Boundaries regulate how how responsive we want to be toward others. If a friend asks a favor, such a ride to the airport or a request to meet for lunch, we know that we have the right to say “yes” or “no.” Our caring prompts us to consider their request and take it seriously. Our […]

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Podcast: Learn to Live with Anxiety, Stress, and Worry

Today we are joined by Dr. Russell Morfitt, co-founder of LearntoLive.com.  Dr. Morfitt explains the differences between stress, worry, anxiety, social anxiety, and panic, and tell us how using the techniques of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) can be life changing.  The Learn to Live program is designed to teach CBT skills online to anxiety sufferers, […]

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Using Your Intuition for Self-Care

Following your intuition means that you’re listening to your inner voice, which can be a huge tool in the decision-making process. A study done by Lufityanto, Donkin, and Pearson (2016) found that nonconscious emotional information can boost the accuracy of decision-making while also increasing an individual’s sense of confidence. In addition, it was found to […]

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How to Overcome Perfectionism: 6 Powerful Habits

“Certain flaws are necessary for the whole. It would seem strange if old friends lacked certain quirks.”Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe “People throw away what they could have by insisting on perfection, which they cannot have, and looking for it where they will never find it.”Edith Schaeffer One of the most common challenges that people email […]

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Inside Schizophrenia: Childhood Schizophrenia

In this episode of Inside Schizophrenia, our hosts tackle the topic of early onset – or childhood – schizophrenia. Host Rachel Star discusses her personal experiences with schizophrenia symptoms as an adolescent and Dr. Joseph Gonzalez-Heydrich from Harvard Medical School discusses some of the latest research. Listen in now! About Our Guest Joseph Gonzalez-Heydrich, MD […]

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How to Befriend Your Fear to Live a Fulfilling Life

Fear is unpleasant at best—and dangerous at worst. Many of us even see fear as an enemy, because it arises at inconvenient times (like during a presentation!), because it paralyzes us, and because it makes us feel helpless, weak, and out of control. And yet, fear also can lead us toward a fulfilling life, toward […]

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8 Ways to Minimize What’s Bad about Social Media and Keep What’s Good

First, here are Professor Kecmanovic’s suggestions. #1 Commit to times when you will not use social media. Kecmanovic feels strongly that you should not let social media disturb your sleep. Keep your phone and computer out of your bedroom. She also suggests that you turn off your notifications or your phone when you are interacting with […]

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Podcast: Religion and Mental Illness

From leisure activities to politics to relationships, people tend to be influenced by their religious beliefs. In this episode, Gabe and Michelle discuss the pros and cons of religious influence when it comes to treating mental illness and explore whether it is helpful when trying to reach recovery. “They are dead (by suicide) and we […]

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New Research Highlights Urgent Need for Early Alzheimer’s Disease Detection and Intervention 

Memory Performance Changes May Show Up in 20s with Family History of Alzheimer’s Startlingly, as the latest research shows, Alzheimer’s disease risk isn’t confined to older individuals. Changes in memory performance may start showing up in men and women in their 20s if they come from families with Alzheimer’s disease history. Indeed, deficits in memory […]

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What Happens When Trusting Your Gut Causes Anxiety?

This advice gets thrown around a lot—that we should be able to listen to a little voice inside that tells us that something isn’t right, or we need something different than what we’re getting. And yes—listening to our intuition is incredibly valuable. But what is our intuition, exactly? And what happens when our intuition lets […]

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Why Texting Builds a False Sense of Security in Relationships

The presence of technology and smartphones has impacted relationships and dating in new and different ways when it comes to improving our communication skills. Recently, I was interviewed by another writer where we discussed how relationships are approached today and the unspoken fear of meeting a potential partner, face-to-face. The 20 “Golden Rules” of Using […]

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Psychology Around the Net: July 13, 2019

Dive into this week’s Psychology Around the Net where you’ll find all that and more! 10 Insanely Popular Ways to Weaken Your Self-Confidence: To the approval-seekers, the excuse-makers, the second-guessers: this one’s for you. Women Who Stop Drinking Alcohol Improve Mental Health: Researchers studied the drinking habits and self-reported mental health of more than 31,000 […]

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